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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Transistor Radio

Pink Transistor Radio
All Photos By Gail

In the 1986 documentary The Unheard Music, filmmaker W.T Morgan brilliantly captured the Los Angeles Punk Scene using the band X as a focal point. This Pink Handheld Radio was featured in the film and included on the promotional items in support of the documentary

Pink Transistor Radio

Pink Transistor Radio was Photographed as Part of the Exhibit  X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood, California.

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Video Clip of The Week: Perfect Beings, “Mysteries, Not Answers”

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Video Clip of The Week for 2018, which we are getting back to with great enthusiasm after taking an extended break over the Christmas holidays.  I hope everybody had a good one. This week’s Sunday Jam comes from LA progressive rockers Perfect Beings, who offer up a curious but engaging animated clip for their song, “Mysteries, Not Answers.”

Fitting snugly in the cerebral twilight time between consciousness and sleep, “Mysteries Not Answers” is a soothing, minor chord lullaby that recalls Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson at his best. Visually, the story of an anthropomorphic Fox who falls asleep in front of the TV and dreams himself into a state of  suburban fugue strikes the perfect balance of amusement and disquiet.

“Mysteries, Not Answers” can be found on Perfect Beings’ third full length release, Vier —  a double album which is split into 4 distinct compositions (so prog), due out via  Inside Out/Sony Music on January 19th, 2018. Enjoy!

Perfect Beings Band Photo 2017

Video Clip of The Week: The Furious Snowflakes, “I Got You A Brain For Christmas”

Do you have Dump supporters among your co-workers, in your close circle of friends or, worse yet, in your actual family? It’s Okay to admit it: everybody does, to varying degrees, and geezus gawd, it can be a mortifying horrorshow of a reality to have to navigate, amiright? Because, Dump supporters, they are not fond of being all that open-minded or free-thinking. It is confounding, to say the least. But as easy (and rewarding) as it is to unfriend these non-thinkers on the FaceBook, hate is counterproductive. We can’t give up trying to reach the unenlightened, and often, humor really helps get the message across.

And that’s why the time is right for what I am going to call the Chrismta Song of 2017: “I Got You A Brain For Christmas.” This up-tempo Christmas carol is a pop music collaboration from regional rock legend, Rob Fetters and author/satirist Bob Woodiwiss which is performed by The Furious Snowflakes, comprising six veteran singers and musicians. The resulting uber-catchy tune, according to Woodiwiss “is one that both swings and stings,” with an accompanying video that’s a hybrid of mockumentary voyeurism, outrageous imagery and stop motion animation. Lyrically, “I Got You A Brain For Christmas” takes a cue from two conversational themes heard by Woodiwiss at protest events since last January 20th: disbelief that any rational person could support Dump, his reckless management, blatant dishonesty and lack of respect for women and minorities; and the uncomfortable, intensifying antipathy between his bashers and supporters at family, work and social get-togethers. “I Got You A Brain For Christmas” is a sardonic musical response to both, set to a bright original tune that recalls an earlier, more cohesive era. Put this one into heavy playlist rotation for the holidays. Enjoy!

Christmas Brain

Video Clip of The Week: David Myles, “Real Love”

Today, the Video Clip of The Week is excited to feature Juno Award-winning Canadian artist David Myles’ new video for his single, “Real Love” — which is the title track from Myles’ upcoming 10th studio release! Of the 13-track record, Myles confesses, “It’s a record I’ve always wanted to make . . . an upbeat, danceable, fun record that harkens back to the early days of rock ‘n roll.” Written entirely by Myles and produced by Daniel Ledwell, Real Love is a departure from the songer’s previous record in that it is fully electric.  Real Love also features members of his touring trio — Kyle Cunjak on bass and Allan Jeffries on guitar, plus Joshua Van Tassel on drums and additional vocals by Mahalia and Reeny Smith. Exciting!

Drawing from American roots music, Real Love mixes full-bodied arrangements and dance rhythms with classic rock ‘n’ roll structures. It follows 2015’s So Far, which All Music described as “a smooth, sophisticated collection of tracks,” and about which No Depression noted, “[Myles’] low-key, unassuming style ingratiates him from the first notes forward.”

David Myles

David Myles’ sound traverses musical time periods and genres, crisscrossing folk, roots, pop, jazz and country. His embrace of varied styles and tastes has resulted in numerous collaborations — most recently, with hip hop star Classified, Grammy Award-winner Alex Cuba and Quebec’s Jean Francois Brault. Real Love is due out on January 26th, 2018 via Little Tiny Records. Enjoy!

Real Love Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Dhani Harrison, “All About Waiting”

To many of us, Sunday morning means listening to the syndicated radio program, Breakfast with the Beatles, so it is appropriate to use this space to debut a new video by Dhani Harrison — the son of my favorite Beatle, George Harrison — whose song “All About Waiting” soundtracks an engaging, animated Sci-Fi mystery.

This fantstic-looking music video depicts a futuristic world, overly developed with machinery and computers, echoing Harrison’s contemplative lyrics “revolution, evolution, patience, revolution, evolution, wasted,” in a setting filled with scenes of both natural and human-influenced disasters impacting the landscape. The protagonist of the video, a DNA scientist, reaches an apparent point of opposition to her colleagues upon the realization that her efforts may be causing more harm than good, and then pursues an ill-fated attempt to bring her discovery to light with her colleagues and team leaders.

You’ll have to watch the video — which was directed and animated by Adam Osgood, with additional illustrations from A. D’Amico and hand-drawn animation by Sarah Schmidt — to find out what happens next!

“All About Waiting” can be found on Harrison’s latest album, In Parallel, which is out now! Enjoy!

Dhani Harrison

Video Clip Of The Week: MGMT, “Little Dark Age”

MGMT is a band that Geoffrey and I love so much, and feel so protective about, that we still pronounce its name “Management” just to be dicks. The Brooklyn-based neo-dance-by-way-of-surf-rock duo won me over back in 2007 with their phenomenal debut album, Oracular Spectacular, and its follow-up, Congratultions, which was my favorite album of 2010. So, it was kind of inevitable they they would fall from grace with a hard and painful thud by releasing a third album which was their own personal version of Metal Machine Music via an eponymous 2013 release that just sucked irredeemably. Yet somehow, the band ‘managed’ to not get booted from their sweet major label deal, and they are still around to be releasing a fourth album in early 2018 — yay! Today, we bring you the video for that hotly-anticipated album’s title track, “Little Dark Age.” As you will see, it was worth the wait.

Visually and thematically, “Little Dark Age” hearkens way back to the Golden Age of MTV, when bands still gave a shit about making videos that looked crazy while adding a backstory to the song. Here, we find vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden channeling his inner Robert Smith amid a cinematic music video (think: The Shining as directed by Ken Russell) featuring sinister and surreal vignettes of VanWyngarden, partner Ben Goldwasser and a supporting cast of band members and groupies having adventures in an around a spooky haunted house, all while being stalked by the figure of Death. Very scary! The video was directed by the capable team of David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel. Aurally, “Little Dark Age” sounds like MGMT dug out their catalog of old Cure and Tubeway Army records and just went to town. High fives all around on this one.

“Little Dark Age” was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) who I still love most for his work with Mercury Rev.  Enjoy!

MGMT Litttle Dark Age Still
Andrew VanWyngarden Channels his Inner Robert Smith

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Video Clip of The Week: GoldFish, “Talk to Me”

Few things fill me with a degree of ecstatic delight to rival that of finding an excellent animated clip for the weekly jam, because it brings us all closer to the gleeful vibe of the weekend-morning cartoons that many of us were addicted to as kids. Today, I invite you to enjoy a flight through space courtesy of the track “Talk to Me” from San Diego-by-way-of-South Africa electronic dance duo, GoldFish. Speaking about the track, This Song Is Sick offers that the group’s “unique style of house is apparent with a dance-driven approach making use of bouncing, deep basslines, jazzy and bright melodies with uplifting vocals while sax lines are thrown in perfectly.” “Talk to Me” is visualized by the familiar style of animator Mike Scott (Disney/ Nickoldeon/ Cartoon Brew).

“Talk to Me” can be found on the duo’s fifth studio album, Late Night People, which is out now via Armada Music. International tour dates for GoldFish are below. Enjoy!

Tour Dates for GoldFish Live:

Date   Location      Venue
SUN  10/8/17         Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
SAT   10/14/17       San Diego, CA The Music Box
SUN  10/15/17       Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
WED 10/18/17      BRISTOL UK Cirque du Soul
FRI    10/20/17      Amsterdam, Netherlands ADE at MELKWEG – Sold-Out
SUN   10/22/17     PARIS, FR Nouveau Casino
MON  10/23/17    NOTTINGHAM, UK Cirque du Soul
WED  10/25/17    Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
THU  10/26/17     New York, NY PlayStation Theater
FRI    10/27/17     New York, NY Terminal 5
SAT   10/28/17     Boston, MA House of Blues
SUN  10/29/17     Live Oak, FL Hulaween
SAT   11/11/17       Sao Paulo, Brazil Music Motion Presents GoldFish
SAT   11/11/17       Itu, Brazil Anzu Club
WED 11/15/17      Praia Brava – Itajahi, Brazil Habbitat
FRI   11/17/17       Haras Manoel Leão, Brazil TBA
SAT  11/18/17       Belo Horizonte, Brazil Só Trak Boa
SUN  12/10/17     Capetown, South Africa Submerged w/ GoldFish

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